FC Halifax Town 1 Southport 0: Boss Aspin delighted with Shaymen response

Neil Aspin
Neil Aspin

Neil Aspin said his FC Halifax Town side’s response to their draw at Macclesfield was excellent as they overcame Southport 1-0 at the Shay.

Town were pegged back late on by ten-man Macclesfield in their 2-2 at the weekend, but responded with a win on Bank Holiday Monday to move up to fifth in the Conference Premier.

The Town boss was delighted with his players’ attitude after their disappointment only 48 hours earlier and said his team were the more adventurous throughout the match.

He said: “Apart from a 15-minute spell in the second-half I thought we were the team that were pushing forward more.

“We knew we’d have a chance of getting a result today but the response has been excellent because we felt as though we’d thrown away two points (on Saturday) but you’ve got to keep going.

“We’ve tried to stick to our plan and the players have carried it out really well.

“I’m really pleased for them because they deserved it after Saturday and I’d have certainly taken the four points from those two games.

Captain Lee Gregory sustained a wrist injury during the second-half which could rule him out of the next few matches.

Aspin said it was too early to assess the damage to the striker, but hinted he may look to replace Gregory from within the squad rather than bringing in a new signing.

He said: “It’s possibly a broken wrist, we’ll just have to wait and see. If he’s broken his wrist he’ll be out for a few weeks.

“People keep saying to me what if he gets injured, but it happens.

“We have to look at what we’ve got, look to see if we can bring somebody in but if not I’ll put faith in the players we’ve got.

“People can adjust and play in different positions, and if we’ve got to do that, that’s what we’ll do.

“I want to give the players in the squad a chance rather than going outside to bring players in.

Town kept their second consecutive clean sheet at the Shay after shutting out Dartford last weekend, and the Town boss praised his team’s defensive display against Southport, who had won three of their opening four games.

He added: “You’re not going to get any games that you win easily in this league and Southport have got a lot of quality, but I thought our defence was excellent.

“We restricted them and I couldn’t remember a clear cut chance they had and that’s down to our defending, which was really good.

“Clean sheets are vital if you’re going to be successful and successive clean sheets at home gives you the basis to try and win games.”

Click on the link on this page to see a picture gallery from this game. Photos by Charles Round.